The show started with Jake Bugg with an acoustic guitar and an artist that spellbound his audience. The way he played with the tempo of a song and his diction showed how he lives in his songs and can play with them. Making them much more expressive and impressive. As a listener he surprised me several times during an acoustic song. A trick he played superbly again and even more impressively during the song before last.
The most surprising thing of the show was Jake Bugg's speaking voice. To my surprise it was very low. My girlfriend immediately got a case of business-deformity, as according to her Jake Bugg uses his voice completely wrong and should learn to sing with his real voice and not how he sings now. He will get voice troubles she predicts. Time will tell. The point was given, according to her, in the cover by Richie Havens (!?), 'Going Back To My Roots'. Here he sung as he should. Meanwhile I was wondering, so that disco single of circa 1980 was a cover by Richie Havens? Never too old to learn.
The music of Jake Bugg has a few sides. There's is the early Dylan balladeer, the Johnny Cash country rocker and the rock and roller. Next to his own voice and songs, like 'A Song About Love' and 'Simple Pleasures'. All sides got their spot, before the show went into overdrive and the rock and rollers came out. Before that moment all aspects received their space and time in the limelight. In the mean time Bugg showed us all the elements in his guitar playing, licks played at astonishing speed, rhythmic soloing, fingerpicking, it's all there. All three his albums got a good portion of songs where nothing stood out, unless it was the dance rhythm of 'Gimme The Love' of his latest album 'On My One', and the quality of all songs were evident. But then, how different is 'Gimme The Love' really from a 'Slumville Sunrise'? Idea? Different. Intent? The same. Dancing, up tempo. That hardly anything stands out is a manifestation of the quality of the songs of Jake Bugg, they are all good. Even my favourites were not extremely special, just made me move a little bit more. I enjoyed each and every song he played.
There was one aspect to the Jake Bugg show that was unique. I'd never seen before. The technicians at the side doubled as cocktail mixers. Whatever it was, drinks got mixed and served on stage in between tuning the next guitar.
'We have one more song for you". 'Lighting Bolt' was played and the four men walked off the stage and that was it. Out with a bang.
Two great shows in one go. It should have been on the beach in Bloemendaal, but I was fine with this change. Much closer to home. While writing I am listening once again to 'Shangri La'. What a fantastic album. One of the best of the 10s so far.